Track & Field

    Ed Beathea  
    Ed  Beathea

    Associate Head Coach (Sprints, Hurdles, Relays)

    Ed Beathea begins his first season at Indiana as Associate Head Coach. Beathea will work primarily with sprints, hurdles and relays.

    Beathea, most recently was the head coach at Ohio State for two seasons, but prior to his time at Ohio State, spent 10 years at Indiana (1996-2006) as an assistant coach for hurdles and sprints, the last four as associate head coach.

    Most recently Beathea had six athletes qualify for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a 4X400m relay and athletes in the 200m, 400m, 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles.

    In his decade with the Hoosiers, Beathea coached 32 Big Ten sprint and hurdle champions, 28 All-Americans and two NCAA runner-ups. He gained national attention for his work with sprinters David Neville - a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games - and Rachelle (Boone) Smith, the 2006 USA outdoor champion in the 200-meter dash, while also building his reputation as an excellent relay coach. Under his leadership, the women's sprint relay squad made conference history by becoming the first Big Ten relay team to win the league title and earn All-America recognition for four consecutive years (2001-05).

    In his six years as an assistant in Columbus, Beathea, the 2010 and 2011 Great Lakes Assistant Coach of the Year, instructed the Buckeye sprinters and hurdlers, as well as athletes competing in the horizontal jumps. He mentored Ohio State athletes in his event areas to 10 individual Big Ten titles while also building the Buckeye 4x400-meter relay team into a Midwestern juggernaut that won five Big Ten titles in a row from 2008-2010 and qualified for multiple NCAA championship appearances.

    In his first full season as head coach of the program, Beathea led the Buckeyes to a 21st-place finish at the 2013 NCAA outdoor championships, their best finish since 2004. Under his guidance OSU sent 11 student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which was the most for the team in over 15 years.

    Coach Beathea spent two years at Northern Arizona University before to his arrival at Indiana, assisting with the sprinters, horizontal jumpers and men's and women's cross country squads. His time in Flagstaff came on the heels of a successful collegiate career at Ball State, where he holds school records in the 400-meter dash (indoor) and 4x400-meter relay.

    Beathea graduated with a bachelor's degree from BSU in 1992 and earned his master's in sports administration while serving as a graduate assistant for the Cardinals in 1994.

    A native of Elkhart, Ind., Ed and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Sarah and Abby.


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